3 cellphone, Internet 'dead zones' to be filled in western Montana

2012-06-26T21:45:00Z 2012-06-27T06:44:12Z 3 cellphone, Internet 'dead zones' to be filled in western MontanaBy TRISTAN SCOTT of the Missoulian missoulian.com
June 26, 2012 9:45 pm  • 

WHITEFISH – Several problematic “dead zones” for mobile phone and Internet coverage will be allayed in western Montana as three remote communities receive expanded service.

On Monday, AT&T announced that it has activated three new cell towers in Huson, Condon and south of Kalispell, and company representatives say the new sites will improve voice and data coverage throughout the region.

The Condon site, at the northern end of the Swan Valley, has been a particularly troublesome area for cellphone coverage – a Bermuda triangle of lost calls for residents, area businesses, motorists and recreationists.

The new tower, located 25 miles southeast of Polson as the crow flies on Montana Highway 83, near the unincorporated community of Condon, will improve coverage along Highway 83 between Seeley Lake and Swan Lake, said Jason Olson, AT&T’s director of external affairs in Montana.

The Huson site is located on Interstate 90 about 20 miles northwest of Missoula and will improve coverage along the I-90 corridor between Frenchtown and Alberton.

The third site is located near Noxon Reservoir on Montana Highway 200, a remote area about 66 miles southwest of Kalispell. The tower will provide better coverage along that section of the lower Clark Fork Valley.

Olson said AT&T has invested almost $70 million in its Montana wireless networks since arriving in 2009.

Flathead Valley Bureau reporter Tristan Scott can be reached at (406) 730-1067 or at tscott@missoulian.com.

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